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ThE CAST

Special Guest Artist
Jaquay Pearce

Jaquay (juh-kway) Pearce was first introduced to the violin at age 7, as a student in her elementary school’s strings program, and has continued training and performing since age 16. As a solo artist, Jaquay loves to perform classical crossover selections branching into genres such as pop, rock, and R&B. She has performed for several music/art festivals such a Fringe!, and Jingle Eve, as well as corporate conventions and fashion shows. Jaquay performs with several bands and singer-songwriters such as, EmiSunshine & The Rain, Crystal Bowersox (runner-up on American Idol) and Porter & Sayles (contestants on the Voice). Jaquay became a member of the string quartet Violectric in January 2017. 

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Sairi Witherspoon

Clare

Sairi Witherspoon is a 15-year-old high school freshman who has attended Avalon Dance Company for the last nine years. She trains in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. In 2022, Sairi recognized as an exceptional dancer by Heat Force and awarded a Dance Scholarship. Sairi plans to pursue a dance degree as part of her academic journey. She is excited to be a part of the 2023 production of Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker. 

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The Chocolate Nutcracker Prince

Xavier Logan is a 21-year-old proud native of Atlanta, Georgia. He’s a dancer, singer, actor, and model. A graduate of Northsprings High School of the Arts and Sciences and alumnus of Dance Makers of Atlanta, Xavier is now an uprising senior at The Juilliard School. Since joining The Juilliard School, Xavier has worked with Cidra Bell, Caili Quan, Jamar Roberts, Bobbi Jene Smith, Or Schraiber, Raja Feather Kelley, Larry Keigwin, and Sharon Eyal. He’s performed Camille A. Brown’s “City of Rain” and Johannes Wieland’s “Falling Empire”. And has received recent choreographic recognition presenting his work “Welcome To The J(U)” in Juilliard’s 2023 Choreographic Honors programing, making it the first hip-hop dance to grace Juilliard’s Mainstage. And in 2024 the sequel to this piece, “HBC-J(U): A Ju-illiard Homecoming” was chosen for Juilliard’s 2024 Choreographic Honors. Xavier was also recently selected as Teen Vogue X GLAAD 20 under 20 rising star. 

 

Xavier has attended the Arts Umbrella, Jacob’s Pillow, Netherlands Dans Theater, and Orsolina 28 Summer Intensive.Where he has had the pleasure of working with Jennifer Archibald, Lilliana Barbos, and Tom Weinberger.

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The Mouse King and

Sugar Plum Fairy's Beau 

in Candyland

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Jeremy T. Villas is a 20 year old native of Queens NY, in his senior year at Juilliard School.  At the age of 9, Jeremy was a full scholarship recipient at The Ailey School, trained with MOVE|NYC|'s Young Professionals Program, and The Professional Performing Arts High School as a musical theater major.  

Jeremy has performed in Kinky Boots on Broadway, many Off- Broadway shows, and has also performed in many Workshops/Readings, and Cast Recordings. He has been featured in a Nickelodeon Black Dance History Month Campaign featuring Misty Copeland and a Macy's Back to School Dance Commercial. Jeremy has also been featured in Acne Studios Paper Issue 16 through MOVE|NYC| and Jordan Matters Published Photography Book “Born to dance”. He has spent his summers at Jacob's Pillow for the Contemporary, Contemporary Ballet, and Musical Theatre program, Ellison Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theatre, Ballet BC, ABT, and Kaatsbaan Ballet Intensive.

cHARISMA TRAN

Sugar Plum Fairy &

Y.E.S.S. Orlando Young Lions Drummer and Soloist

Charisma is a high school sophomore and a competitive dancer at Shooting Stars School of Performing Arts. She is also the drummer and marketing director of Y.E.S.S. Orlando Young Lions. Outside of dance, Charisma enjoys acting, modeling and volunteering. In 2021, she made her debut in four episodes of a TLC Reality Show and modeled for New York Fashion Week. In addition, Charisma is a volunteer for Teens Go Green Global, Orlando Union Rescue Mission and Give Kids the World.  This will be the third year that Charisma and Y.E.S.S. will perform in Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

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Sa'NAA NATALIA BRAHIMI

Snow Queen

Sa'Naa Natalia Brahimi is a 16-year-old Orlando native. This is her third season with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker as the Snow Queen. She has received her training  from Avalon Dance for more than a decade and has attended the Joffrey ballet summer intensive. She is recognized as a regional and national Platinum award winning dancer in both jazz and contemporary technique.  This Sa'Naa's third year as the Snow Queen.

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Dylan Cruz

Clare's brother Fritz

Dylan Cruz is a talented 8-year-old. He has been dancing for two years, training in hip hop. He loves to perform and shines on stage. He has been performing on stage since age 4 in productions including the Lion King, Finding Nemo, Aladdin, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, many times with lead roles in these performances.

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Ezra Ben Kaniyah

Drummer

Ezra Ben Kaniyah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has 20+ years of drumming experience under the leadership of Sunshine Lee, Weesie Braimah, Atur Eleeahsah, Asaur Owens, & Caph Geui.  This is Ezra's third season with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.

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Jones High SChool Alumni & Community Band

Orchestra

The Jones High School Alumni & Community Band will perform in the 2024 production of Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.  We are delighted to welcome them for a second consecutive year. 

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